Saturday, July 14th
Presenter: Daniel Jurek, M.Min., M.A., LPC-S, LMFT
Description: So much pain, confusion, sorrow and despair flood families when they experience the loss of a loved one; especially the loss of someone who commits suicide. The unimaginable becomes real for these families and to be an effective minister of God’s love and hope is probably one of our greatest challenges. This course will provide a clear and practical understanding of the language around suicide and loss, oridnary and ambiguous loss, other deaths vs. suicide, as well the emotions and uniqueness of suicide grief. We will also offer pastoral and ministerial applications that will provide a confident ministerial approach which draws on systems theory, theological and catechetical principles and Sacred Scripture.
Participant Cost: $50/person – $75/Couple
BIO: Daniel J. Jurek, is a Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor and Certified Spiritual Director.
A Lay Franciscan (S.F.O.), Dan and his wife Jane have been married for 34 years. They have 4 children and two grandchildren. Dan spent 15 years in Catholic High School Ministry and Education, two (2) years in Catholic Collegiate Campus Ministry and two (2) years as Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Personnel at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
He is the Director of the Pax Renewal Center in Lafayette, LA. An expert working with married couples as well as marriages on the brink of separation or divorce, Dan also counsels individual adults and families who are facing life transition issues, loss and grief.
Dan earned a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans. He also earned a Masters degree in Christian Ministry and Renewal from Franciscan University, Steubenville, Ohio. His Bachelor of Arts Degree is in Theology, also from the Franciscan University. He also holds a certification in Spiritual Direction from the Archdiocese of New Orleans.